Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Episode 187 (11-11-13): Music In Honor of Veterans Day and Our Armed Forces' Connections to Virginia's Waters

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 11, 2013.

This week, to commemorate Veterans Day, we feature excerpts from the anthems of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces, both to honor our service personnel and to reflect on the connections of Virginia’s water resources to the past and present of our nation’s military.  Have a listen for about a minute.


You’ve been listening to parts of the anthems of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force, from “Armed Forces Medley,” performed by the U.S. Air Force Band.  Since the Revolutionary War, Virginia’s coastal location and water-rich geography have made the Commonwealth a home for military bases, ship-building, training, research, and other activities, across all five service branches.  Today, Virginia is home to over two dozen active military bases or other facilities.  From the coast of the Eastern shore to inland rivers, water is part of the setting for many of them, including 11 Navy facilities and seven Coast Guard operations.  Thanks to the Air Force Band for making this week’s music available for educational uses.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


[All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 11/12/13]

Acknowledgments: Excerpts for the U.S. military themes were taken from Armed Forces Medley-Instrumental,” on the2013 CD “Esprit de Corps—America’s Ceremonial Music,” by the United States Air Force Band, accessed online at http://www.usafband.af.mil/ensembles/BandDiscography.asp?albumID=15.  The Air Force makes this and other recordings available to the public for certain purposes, including educational activities.

Sources and more information:

“Military Bases in Virginia,”
Hampton Roads Naval Museum, http://www.history.navy.mil/museums/hrnm/index.html;
“U.S. Coast Guard History,” http://www.uscg.mil/history/h_index.asp;
Historical Office/Office of the Secretary of Defense,
http://history.defense.gov/refs_mhl.shtml; and
U.S. Marine Corps History Division,

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